Individual Author Record
Gloria lives and works in the Chicago land area.
Biographical and Professional Information
Gloria Nardini is Visiting Lecturer of English and Managerial Communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago.She is working on her second book, ''Madonna Mia! Qui Debbo Vivere?''
Che Bella Figura!: The Power of Performance in an Italian Ladies' Club in Chicago, State University of New York Press, 1999
Titles At Your Library
Che Bella Figura!: The Power of Performance in an Italian Ladies' Club in Chicago (SUNY Series in Speech Communication) (SUNY SERIES IN ITALIAN/AMERICAN STUDIES)
State University of New York Press. 1999
Literally translated, fare bella figura means "to make a beautiful figure", and figuratively it refers to the act of putting on a good show, performance, or display. The author uncovers the "real rules" of an Italian "ladies" club by analyzing their language and behavior. In so doing, she gives examples of the historical and linguistic importance of this concept, as well as its potential for cross-cultural misunderstanding.